Welcome Stormblade! I'm so glad you stumbled onto Reaper Man
, because it's one of my favorites. In fact, there are very few of Pratchett books that I can barely tolerate (though there are a few). I am constantly amazed at the man's knowledge and insight into the human condition, and his ability to deal thoughtfully with humanity through comic satire.
I owned, for a while, a bookstore, and I think possibly the first Pratchett I read was Equal Rites
since although I was very knowledgeable about mystery writers, I was definitely spotty on science fiction and fantasy. But, like Tony, I've found refuge in reading during some very dark spots in my life.
But although the people from the CA board know this story, for those of you who haven't heard the story (which Tony refers to in his post), we met and eventually married (actually in not all that long) because we were both posting at that time on the HarperCollins Pratchett board. I had gotten (as a bookstore owner) an ARC of A Hatful of Sky
, which I loved, but had no one to talk to about it, other than posting that people should buy it as soon as it came out. Well, Tony went to his local Tesco, and some clerk put out the book 2 weeks too early for 2 hours, so he bought it. Then he had no one but me to talk to about it. We began corresponding, left that board and went to the Cunning Artificer Board, and eventually Tony came to visit for the first time--scary!!! But it was as if we'd known each other for years. And, making a long story short that some of you already know, we were married a year on May 27th of this year.
He's coming over on October 13th and staying here in Tucson through the end of the year, so we aren't limited to letters and MSN. But talk about changing your life--finding each other was the best thing that ever happened for either of us.
And we owe it all to Terry.